Think Cultural Health News

Advancing Health Equity at Every Point of Contact

November 2011

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The HHS Office of Minority Health and Think Cultural Health are very excited to announce the launch of the enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care in early 2012! We are also very excited to announce that “Join the CLCCHC” has reached over 10,000 members. Many thanks to all of you for your dedication to advancing health equity at every point of contact.

During the season in which we celebrate gratitude, traditions and resolutions, I would like to thank all of you for the amazing work that you do on a daily basis to improve the health of those in your communities and our nation. We at Think Cultural Health wish you the best as 2011 comes to a close and we usher in 2012. We also hope that one of your New Year’s resolutions will be to adopt the enhanced National CLAS Standards into your organization or practice.


Guadalupe Pacheco, MSW
Senior Health Advisor to the Director
Office of Minority Health, Office of the Assistant Secretary
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Toolkit for Community Action from the Office of Minority Health

The National Partnership for Action To End Health Disparities (NPA) at the HHS Office of Minority Health works to mobilize and connect individuals and organizations across the country to create a nation in which all people have a chance to reach their full health potential. This National Partnership for Action: Toolkit for Community Action will help individuals, communities and organizations from the public and private sectors work together to implement programs and policies and engage with the NPA to reach that goal.

Through this toolkit, community members will have the information and resources they need to help engage fellow citizens and local media as they spread the word about health disparities and educate others about the impact disparities have in the lives of individuals and the greater impact on society. This toolkit has been developed to help individuals, organizations and policy makers:

  • Raise awareness about health disparities – it includes descriptions of health disparities and their causes.
  • Engage others in conversations about the problem and solutions – it provides tools to guide efforts to promote programs and policies for change.
  • Take action for change – it provides information and tools to help individuals and organizations address health in their communities.

To find out more, please visit the National Partnership for Action To End Health Disparities.

National Quality Forum Call for Measures on Healthcare Disparities

The National Quality Forum has embarked on a Healthcare Disparities and Cultural Competency Consensus Standards Project, which aims to establish a more detailed picture of how to approach measurement of healthcare disparities across settings and populations by analyzing the effectiveness of quality measures already in place and identifying gaps. An integral understanding of healthcare disparities measurement is needed to create a long term agenda for improving healthcare quality for vulnerable populations and others adversely affected by disparities. This project expands on NQF’s previous work where a set of criteria to evaluate disparities-sensitive measures was identified and 35 disparity-sensitive measures for the ambulatory care setting were endorsed.

The Healthcare Disparities and Cultural Competency Consensus Standards Project is seeking measures in the areas surrounding healthcare disparities, particularly to identify and endorse performance measures for public reporting and quality improvement. The Call for Measures is open through January 18 and is open to any organization or individual.

To find out more and view the Call for Measures, please visit the National Quality Forum’s Web site.

The Community Calendar at Think Cultural Health

Join the CLCCHC’s Community Calendar lets you keep track of upcoming events that pertain to health equity and cultural and linguistic competency. Conferences, webinars and training opportunities are posted to the Community Calendar by the Think Cultural Health team and by Join the CLCCHC members like yourself.

We invite you to visit the Community Calendar to browse events of interest and share upcoming events with your colleagues in the CLCCHC community! To view and submit upcoming events, please visit the Community Calendar at Think Cultural Health.

What Are We Up To?

We enjoyed seeing many of you at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. from October 30 to November 2, 2011. Many thanks to all of you who participated in our presentations on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care, Think Cultural Health, and cultural competency in oral health.

Is there a conference or professional event you think the Think Cultural Health Team should attend and propose a presentation? Let us know at